ANNA MARIA ISLAND — Authorities say a fisherman was bitten by a shark while wading in waist-deep waters off Southwest Florida.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Javier Perez had just dumped his bait bucket into the waters off Anna Maria Island on Sunday when a shark bit him on his left thigh.
The sheriff's office tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Perez's family waved down a passing boater, who took him to a pier. From there, Perez was taken to a Bradenton hospital with a small wound and scratches on his leg.
It's the second shark bite reported in just over a week.
A 21-year-old Longboat Key man was bitten on the thigh by a bull shark last weekend while spear fishing off Anna Maria Island. Authorities say he required surgery.
Anna Maria Island is a Gulf Coast barrier island south of Tampa Bay.